One in Three - Poetry Corners

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Every year, one in three women experience family violence in Australia, leading to thousands of police incidents, homelessness and the loss of at least one woman’s life every week. As this epidemic of violence increases annually,  a small community group in Hume have decided to join forces to create a spectacular digital work about family violence in their community in the hope that it will spark debate and raise awareness.

Over the course of three intensive workshops, women from diverse backgrounds (India, Somalia, Nepal, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Craigieburn and Greece) collaborated with Some Kind of Squirrel Productions, The Oorja Foundation and a number of spoken word artists to create a poetry work that sheds light on the issue in a powerful and engaging way.

Project organiser and film-maker Emma Macey-Storch says “The work looks at the experience of family violence in Hume from a victim, child, perpetrator and bystander point of view and particularly explores the complexities of family violence experienced in the CALD community. The results are absolutely breathtaking and hit a raw nerve as to what people go through.”

Nayana Bhandari from The Oorja Foundation explains “there are huge benefits in exploring these important issues in the community at a grass-roots level. Not only have the participants been able to learn valuable skills and connect with new people but they have also had a platform to express their true feelings on this issue in a powerful, honest and safe way”

The work, is a multi-screen installation that presents their poem as a collection of spoken word performances by local talent aged 4 to 81 years.

Guest performer Sukhjit Kaur Khasala who appeared on 'Australia’s Got Talent' also appears in the work,lending her voice to help this community appeal for positive change.

The project called ONE IN THREE is part of the POETRY CORNERS community engagement program 2016. The work will debut at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery and will run over both International Women's Day and Harmony Day in Hume.

Thursday 9 February - Sunday 2 April, 2017

Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn
75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn

Monday – Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 1pm - 4pm

*Not open on public holidays


Updated : 9:59 AM, 1 June 2017

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